True ‘Intelligence’ – ‘Giving up’ and Reclaiming

I always found schooling, be it writing, speaking, singing, (or any form of expressing that was asked of me in this context), to be super squashing.

It was like because I was so present and ‘in my body’, there was this great big picture I felt that went out to the furthest star and yet totally glowed from within me equally – but I was being asked to shrink this vastness, or broadness, into this very (very, very, very – and here I could write a page or two of very’s) thin line, this itty bitty limited little box, with rules to adhere to in order to be ‘valid’ or ‘accepted’.

There were boxes to tick that were made all-important, and from which our very worth was measured and compared, even though it seemed so irrelevant in the context of what I felt all around me.

This so-called intelligence and its measurement in particular, was a notion shunned by me at an early age.

Squashing the Big Picture – “Intelligence” – And what’s Really Going on..?

Through primary school I was likely to be found staring out the window, or be the one to ask the teacher all those questions they just couldn’t answer – because they were standing in that thin narrow line (that we call intelligence) and had left what they too knew and felt and lived as a child.

I felt a majesty in the world, in nature, in all people and in me, and a kind of transparency of the value and seeming limitation and narrowness of what we were taught and asked to regurgitate on cue – all to make someone else, parents or teachers, look good.

After hearing about me staring out of the classroom window, asking bigger picture questions, bringing cocoons or freshly uncurling fern fronds onto my desk and similar, some of the adults in my life became concerned that I was not ticking the ‘intelligence markers’ and so I was booked in for ‘intelligence testing’… at about 10 years of age.

After weeks of detailed rigorous (narrow and highly controlled) testing, my ‘scores’ were tallied up and I was marked within the top .01% of the global population for my age group.

Some of the adults got very excited about official certification with one of the large global IQ organisations, which I more than qualified for, but definitely did not want to be a part of – much to the surprise and bemusement of the adults involved, who felt it would ‘open doors’ and ‘set me up for life’.

It felt all wrong, totally upside down, and I actively refused for my results to be submitted for membership of such an organisation.

Granted, I was in a tad of a reaction and felt that being able to complete the kinds of questions I had was no measurement of anything with any true value or meaning.

I felt that a lived connection with my body and the beauty that surrounded us was being totally shunned in favour of a dis-connected mental capacity alone. At a time a so-called outer value was being celebrated, what mattered most to me seemed more invisible than ever.

I was also not into being labelled, approved of, or ‘singled out’ on the basis of something that felt so false and narrow, much the same way that I was so not into seeing kids at school ever being measured or labelled as ‘less than’ due to their different expression or way of going about things.

This is what one of the key IQ organisations has to say of their purpose:

‘To identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity’

To my present understanding, ‘intelligence’, as in IQ that I was tested for and graded by, is primarily from the head, which is the thin pocket or narrowed line I was feeling as being so limited and cut off from the greater, vaster whole.

I find it amazing that we can tell ourselves that living life from within a limited pocket, cut off from the vastness of what is actually available to us (and so from our own bodies), can ever be said to be ‘for the benefit of humanity’ when its very premise is on inequality, separation and even supremacy – and an adherence to its requirements could surely not be a whole and balanced way to live, and so perhaps not actually a healthy thing to encourage: no benefits for humanity in sight.

The notion of ‘being better than others’ creates separation and comparison between people – with a not too small dose of arrogance in being identified with what we do and not who we actually divinely are.

Even ‘identify intelligence’ is a great big farce – meaning measuring some limited little boxes that can be fulfilled… and all based on what to me was feeling like a total mis-definition of what ‘intelligence’ even was.

To the huge credit of the adults in my life, although my perspective genuinely made no sense to where they were at, my clear wish was respected – and no official certification went ahead. So with primary school ‘successfully’ fare-welled, on I went to a boarding school of my choice.

‘Coping’ with the Narrow Line…?

So how did I now interface with the demands of that limiting thin line – whilst still not being able to deny the way everything, in my experience, was connected, overlapping, related, in spheres – with no actual thin lines to be seen, only created?

My approach was that I attempted to stay with the bigger picture by working it through the system. So in year 8, for example, I undertook surveys and experiments on girls’ body image perceptions and ran that alongside and compared to the measured facts of their BMI (body mass index): needless to say there was a huge gap revealed between the two.

I wrote speeches on the ‘sixth sense’, and other such examples, all whilst getting A grades, so ticking the boxes, without so much compromising the greater whole I was aware of, or isolating one science or discipline from another as was the expectation and norm.

Later through university, (Social Science and Women’s Studies), this struggle with interfacing with the thin line amplified. The boxes of ‘acceptable thought’ ever narrowed – there were ‘answers’ presented for human behaviours that felt like limited pockets, narrowed linear thought and contradictory perspectives that were debated endlessly with no terminal point of unity that depicted when ‘the answer’ was actually reached.

Now interestingly, looking back pondering, had I at this stage been at university not expecting to find any answers, but simply to gain a piece of paper and a few practical skills, to take myself out to the world and commit to life and work, I imagine things could have been much easier.

Looking back I suspect I was actually at university seeking a ‘get out of committing to life early’ excuse and confirmation that the world was ‘all wrong’ and I would later withdraw from life into ‘alternative lifestyles’ – and give up on bringing me, and the broader awareness I naturally held to the world; but that is another story.

At University, I found it difficult to think in the way that was demanded; to think in pockets, restrict thought to one discipline or perspective at a time, and not interlink or certainly not to bring any lived experience, but only to quote previous others who all lived from the thin line and in their heads.

Throughout my time at university I would write assessments from within the confines of the box-ticking and try to add to them the bigger picture. The tension between my broad awareness and the narrow confinement of academic ‘intelligence’ became quite intense – and my choice then was to go all out to dull down the awareness, so that the ache of it not being seemingly isolated would not be so great.

Pot became a huge feature, as a coping mechanism for the isolation I felt; a fairly conscious strategy to ‘take myself out’ and not feel the tension of knowing there was more.

Returning to true intelligence

Fast forward around 25 or so years of foggy shut down living and I am finally coming full circle back – re-allowing the surround sound knowing to begin to re-ignite, wake up, dust off the cobwebs and begin to become part of my natural daily landscape again.

I am now fine with attending courses to support me with the purpose of bringing who I am out to the world – in a commitment to being part of the world and not hiding from it as I have.

I understand that for now, it is still pretty topsy turvy out there, and I am letting go of the need for it to be otherwise. I still get great grades, but they do not define me.

I found that when I write – unrestrained, and allowing of re-connection – from the vastness I once so naturally felt but had worked so, so hard to shun, the writing that results can sometimes offer a greater awareness of the many things in life that trick us into leaving our greatest supports.

My tussle with the limiting or reducing of these dimensions has however continued, truncating my expression in a variety of settings, editing out threads of writing to reduce them to one more ‘easy to follow’ and ‘structured’ piece. As I see this playing out, I am learning to confirm the value in writing, speaking and singing from our all. I was imagining recently how I would approach editing out threads and aspects of a written piece if it were actually music.

It’s interesting with writing – that we tend to chop back to one aspect – and I was imagining how much less likely this might perhaps be for a song writer for example to just include the vocals and guitar in the final mix for example, editing out the piano, drums and violin.

Reflecting on all this has given me pause to consider just how fooled we are by so called intelligence, by whether we are measured as great or not so great at ticking those boxes. I reflected on my recovery from the labelling with intelligence and supposedly ‘having it’ – and realised there are folks who have also been labelled by this curse, but in a way of being labelled as ‘not having it’.

A very dear and amazing woman friend (a kind of pen pal actually) is someone whose support I so value as she is absolutely amazing at expressing and speaking straight from a heavenly well of practical lived intelligence.

Every time she speaks it’s so ‘everyday’, and yet has the magnificence of something so much grander behind and through her every word. When I hear her speak my whole being knows beyond doubt that This is intelligence – this connectedness with realness and living.

The gems she shares are like drops of gold, and describing them as ‘pearls of wisdom’ barely comes close to describing what it feels like when she speaks from that connection.

There is a lived authority, a spacious clarity – and an immense ‘pulling up’ power in her every naturally spoken and written word. And yet – get this – at school she was told she did not measure up to ‘intelligence’… did not tick the boxes ‘right’ and was branded as being ‘less’. This is the defining travesty of a very, very unintelligent ‘intelligence’.

When we ordinary everyday heavenly folk reclaim our connection to and express from the vastness I knew and breathed as a child, it will be inspiring beyond measure, breaking down all the barriers we have put up to contain and shrink from what we all deeply know.

As children equality was it, and this was not read in a book, or written on a blackboard, (or read on the internet or smart board) but known in our bodies, the trees, birds, and people all had a flow and there was no separation or difference other than that which we later learned and took on.

Had it not been for the support, true wisdom and divine intelligence of Serge Benhayon, I would no doubt still be amongst the lost. So here is to Serge Benhayon, and this dear woman, and all like them, re-claiming our natural expression of the true intelligence we are all innately from.

By Kate Burns, Dip Social Welfare, BA (Hons), Dip Business Admin, Bellingen, Australia

Further Reading:
On True Intelligence
The Highest Form Of Intelligence Is Love
Defining Intelligence and Wisdom

756 thoughts on “True ‘Intelligence’ – ‘Giving up’ and Reclaiming

  1. ‘The gems she shares are like drops of gold, and describing them as ‘pearls of wisdom’ barely comes close to describing what it feels like when she speaks from that connection.’ Beautiful Kate, this connection brings us access to the true intelligence and Universal wisdom that unites, instead of the human intelligence so many have invested heavily in that continually separates and keeps us away from who we truly are.

  2. What a stunning blog, thank you Kate Burns. “Reflecting on all this has given me pause to consider just how fooled we are by so called intelligence, by whether we are measured as great or not so great at ticking those boxes.” Yes, we narrow our whole beingness down to this one little factor in an equation that is so much grander than we allow ourselves to understand.

  3. Squashed is a great way to describe that feeling when we know we can feel that super vastness of our potential but it somehow gets capped.

  4. Amazing, Kate, to see how you held strong with your conviction of not being labeled by your IQ and thus separating yourself further from everyone. Sending that message to your parents, teachers, and peers must have had a huge impact, and it only takes one person to say they are not willing to reduce themselves to inspire others to do the same. This blog speaks to me deeply and I’m sure many others who always felt that what was asked of us in school never felt like the truth or of any true benefit to humanity, but is actually more of a way to manipulate us into thinking we are so much less and needing to prove ourselves to others constantly, which is the model of most businesses after school as well. Perhaps there is a link there!

  5. A gorgeous sharing Kate of coming back to claim the true intelligence that you knew and lived as a child. This true intelligence lives in the inner heart of everyone, we are all equal in this, though society and the thin line of its so called intelligence dominates society, never the less true intelligence lives on in every human being waiting to be connected to and lived.

  6. The constrictions of formal education has a way of misinterpreting the truth as in the true meaning of ‘for the benefit of humanity’.

  7. Being intelligent in the head department is not being intelligent at all. The evidence for this is literally everywhere. Running our world from the head as we have exclusively done to date has been un unmitigated disaster and one which is daily getting worse. This head intelligence is being exposed and exposing itself as of very low intelligence indeed. It is way overdue, time to give whole body intelligence a go.

  8. The magnificence of all we are is hard to contain in a body. As children we can be much more connected to this grandness and not quite know how to be in a world that has forgotten how grand we really are.

  9. In our world, intelligence is seen linearly, as the capacity that allows you to connect two things and to make easily sense of that connection. We learn to project our attention in a specific way (to concentrate in a reduced amount of points). Intelligence is a permanent movement of detachment from the all, of which the points you concentrate on are part of. Through it, we gain some while we lose the rest and the vastness that comes with it.

  10. Yes here’s to reclaiming true intelligence and supporting children to not have to feel that they need to shut this down.

  11. Intelligence per se, as it stands is not real intelligence, it is more a remembering of what has been taught as opposed to the multi dimensional intelligence you describe which we all have access to if we so choose.

  12. Academia tends to be about outdoing each other, jostling for positions and funding plus the regurgitation of existing material with a trump card to top it off and set one’s own mark in the annals of this linear version of intelligence.

  13. How amazing to have held your awareness as a child and with the struggle you share it is no wonder that just about everybody does not. What you present here so clearly illustrates the evilness of so-called ‘intelligence’.

  14. A very inspiring piece of writing Kate thank you so much for what you have shared, I realise how much I live at times in the shadows when i read what is possible in these words. “When we ordinary everyday heavenly folk reclaim our connection to and express from the vastness I knew and breathed as a child, it will be inspiring beyond measure, breaking down all the barriers we have put up to contain and shrink from what we all deeply know.”

  15. Absolutely, and it feels horrible for all, as it goes against the fact that we are all equal, ‘The notion of ‘being better than others’ creates separation and comparison between people – with a not too small dose of arrogance in being identified with what we do and not who we actually divinely are.’

  16. In your description of school at the beginning I got to understand more deeply why some children rebel so much even if they seemingly ‘have it all’. It’s a rebellion against being squashed into a box, defined by how well we do in relation to the arbitrary tick lists of intelligence and talent. If this level of understanding were brought to the education system as a whole it would be transformed overnight.

  17. Escaping from life or its woes never works, we must all come back to what was always there and learn to truly resolve it. Otherwise life is a constant running away but there is no living in that…

  18. I have recently started studying again and though a challenge at times I am finding that I am not doing late nights anymore as I once did. Going to bed and resting when needed and not focusing on the end result, just purely being with me in connection to every move I make and it has brought a great deal of simplicity and rhythm to my work load, which I really enjoy.

  19. Where has so-called intelligence progressed us to? Despite having more collective ‘intelligence’ today we still have wars happening all over the world, disease is rife and currently obesity and diabetes are going through the roof. What sort of intelligence is required to tackle this? Not the definition today – which is mind-based. Body intelligence is the way to go. After all our body clearly signals if we are tired, exhausted, drunk or eaten the wrong food etc. yet we ignore this at our peril. And then wonder why we get sick – not so intelligent!

  20. “There is a lived authority, a spacious clarity – and an immense ‘pulling up’ power in her every naturally spoken and written word. And yet – get this – at school she was told she did not measure up to ‘intelligence’… did not tick the boxes ‘right’ and was branded as being ‘less’. This is the defining travesty of a very, very unintelligent ‘intelligence.” It all depends on how and who defines the word intelligence. I know someone on the autistic spectrum who has a huge heart yet would be defined in today’s society as not so intelligent. Compare this with an academic who may be in the ‘top grade’ for intelligence, but is hard and cold-hearted. I know which kind of ‘intelligence’ I prefer.

  21. Amazing Kate, we are already born intelligence, love (which is obvious) and tenderness, and through fostering these qualities in ourselves we naturally come alive – and don’t identify with what has got us to where we are from an education point of view, but with who we are and our awareness of this in the world.

  22. I am studying again and am enjoying it more than ever. I am no longer berating myself for being too slow, or pressuring myself by leaving things to the last minute. I’m also actually having fun learning about new stuff. And I agree, it’s not solely about the mind, because the brain is a bit like a computer; it can only give out what has been previously fed in, however the body knows. That saying, ‘I can feel it in my bones,’ holds a lot of truth.

  23. Universal Medicine has taught me the ridiculousness of trying to own knowledge and I now understand how calling that ability to accumulate and memorise information intelligence has led to individualisation.

  24. Whenever I have been ‘stuck in my head’ and disconnected from my body, I have experienced a horrible arrogance that comes with this, that is very far removed from the true and natural whole-body intelligence. It is super harmful to my body and well-being if this prevails.

  25. I remember being at school and being in some kind of shock that the way I saw the world and expressed was ignored. I then concluded that what I had to say must be of no consequence as people seemed perplexed when I spoke so I learnt to speak what they wanted to hear and chase recognition through good grades – a mission I mostly failed at. So there was a conflict with knowing what I had to say was there to be said and had purpose, and thinking that I must be off kilter in some way because people weren’t interested. And then there were times when they really were which confused me because I wasn’t understanding where others were at or myself.

    So today I can sometimes get caught up in I can’t communicate properly – a belief that communication is set in stone and you are either good at it or not, end of! I am learning to bring expression into practicality – i.e. me living what I know and feel; it’s also about me gauging where another is at and what is there to be said from my whole body not just my head. So rather than condemn myself for being rubbish at writing I can bring a focus and playfulness to it and be forever learning around it.

  26. Comparison to others is a slippery slope that destroys us internally as the decay that it is… it is the antithesis of Love, brotherhood and supporting each other which foster inspiration, true growth and natural intelligence.

  27. True intelligence comes from that which lives deep within our bodies and not the accumulation of knowledge as we have been made to believe, understanding this allows us to embrace life to the fullest and live with a true purpose for the benefit of all.

  28. True intelligence is spherical, is definitely not located in the mind and is not possible to be measured by a limited view that let some aspects of life out.

  29. “The notion of ‘being better than others’ creates separation and comparison between people”. Well said Kate, I have experienced the two sides of that coin – bringing in the I am better than others and have felt it placed upon me by others – and both feel feel awful. It absolutely separates us and is incredibly arrogant. I too thank God for Serge Benhayon who is showing us that we are all equal, and that no-one is better than anyone else.

  30. I have witnessed and felt that intelligence from the mind often comes with arrogance and superiority and yet whole-body intelligence comes with a humbleness and humility that brings and equalness that respects and honours all.

    1. Mental intelligence is based on being better than another/others and to feather one’s own nest; it basically looks after self first and foremost at the expense of everything else.

      1. Which shows that just with our heads we cannot come to true answers, the whole body is required for that, and that we still have to understand big time and then put it into action.

  31. That label intelligence because we can recall information got me big time….I was so is shame because other people thought I was stubborn (I was a bit), not normal, not able to learn etc… I did not have a way of communicating in this world how I felt or understood life as a child, it dd not fit in with that ‘thin line’….of intelligence. I was with the universe as a child, wisdom beyond any intelligence and I now am returning to that relationship and ohhh my gosh wow hoo, it feels amazing…it was never about me, self, my little brain, exam grades, revision, it is about knowing because we know. (By the way, I have done exams and studied since this returning path to soul and universal wisdom began and I absolutely want to participate in life, but I do not hold back from understanding the source of this wisdom and understanding)

  32. ‘To identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity’, interpretation being, ‘to squash and control humanity to keep them from true intelligence’.

  33. It really is so lovely to feel that warm glow of true intelligence emanating from unexpected sources all around us there is wisdom just waiting to be expressed.

  34. Our true intelligence comes from the heart and the body. I have realized so many moments of non-intelligence when I am disconnected from my heart and body and these are now telling me it is no longer ok as the smallest disconnection is abuse to myself and felt intensely all around. The responsibility has escalated and thank you life.

  35. And there we have it, a great example of the complete squashing the schooling system offers, it holds no learning and support of the true intelligence we all hold within.

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